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Victor Ortiz, Josesito Lopez & Chris Arreola June 23 Press Conference Quotes

boxingLOS ANGELES (May 23, 2012) Ė Former World Champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and popular contender Josesito Lopez held a press conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to formally announce that Lopez will step in to face Ortiz, of Ventura, Calif., by way of Garden City, Kansas, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Welterweight title in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader on Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center live on SHOWTIMEģ (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

It was also announced on Wednesday that the Ortiz vs. Lopez event will include top-rated heavyweight Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KOís), of Riverside, Calif., in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined. Those two fights will join the previously announced 12-round bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.

Lopez (29-4, 17 KOís), of Riverside, replaces Ortizís (29-3-2, 22 KOís) original opponent Andre Berto who failed a pre-fight drug test..

The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Soto vs. Matthysse is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions.

Tickets priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50 are available for purchase online at www.staplescenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Staples Center box office. All tickets purchased for Ortiz vs. Berto II will be honored for this event.

Hereís what the participants had to say on Wednesday:

VICTOR ORTIZ:

ďIím not taking anyone for granted at all. Josesito is a great fighter. We share one thing in common, and thatís a lot of heart. Itís going to be a great night. Heís ready to fight, and that makes two of us.

ďItís too bad (that Berto failed the drug test), but at the end of the day we have to prepare for another champion, and thatís Josesito Lopez.

ďIíve been training for more than six months for this fight, but thatís what world champions do. I have to be prepared to fight anyone if I want to prove that Iím the best.

ďLopez is a warrior and I know heíll come to fight on June 23.

ďJosesito knows this is a huge opportunity for him on a big stage. Thatís why I canít take him lightly.Ē

JOSESITO LOPEZ:

ďIím excited about this opportunity. Iíve been in training and working hard.

ďThis is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I plan to take advantage of it.

ďPeople who have seen me fight know Iím tough and I leave it all in the ring. Once you see me fight, youíll fall in love with my style. I plan to win over some of Victorís fans on June 23.

ďItís no secret that Victor has a weak chin and I plan to exploit that. Iíll be looking for the knockout. If not, I know Iíll need to win 10 out of the 12 rounds to walk out of there a champion. I canít leave it in the judgesí hands.

ďIím aggressive, I like to bang. I like to come forward and put the pressure on my opponents.Ē

CHRIS ARREOLA:

boxingďItís an honor to be fighting at STAPLES Center again. The last time I left here I was dejected. I was in tears because I had just lost the biggest fight of my career. It was embarrassing, but Iím going to leave here with my hands in the air on June 23.

ďMy job is to put the fight in my hands. Iím going to get the knockout and give the fans what they want to see. Iím not going to leave it to the judges.

ďThe difference between this fight and the last time I fought at STAPLES is Iím in shape. Iím training and ready to fight.

ďThe fact that I could challenge (Wladimir) Klitschko isnít a distraction, itís motivation, but I canít look past June 23 if I want to win a world title.Ē

Article posted on 24.05.2012



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